Friday, July 10, 2015 Comics and comics


Here's the latest comic for This week's subject is the financial market's shifting attentions (away from Greece and toward China in this instance). I was asked to draw Greece Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras throwing a flaming ball (representing financial instability) to China's Xi Jinping. In the background, I was asked to include a bear (wearing a red straw hat) walking amongst some collapsing buildings emblazoned with China's flag.

Here's the sketch:

And here's the final:

Brief reflections: I think the posing is a bit robotic and stale in this one. The caricatures are so-so. I think the layout is a decent solution and I like the colors and the atmosphere. It's not my best work, but I'm not going to be too hard on myself.

I heard an interview with Jimmy Kimmel recently where he said he thought it was harder to be funny in a short period of time. He said if he had all the time he wanted, he KNEW he could be funny. But when you don't have as much time to think about it, things get tougher. That's how I feel about these short deadlines. Given all the time in the world, I could bring these comics up a notch. But I don't have all the time in the world, so I do the best I can with the time I have. And that will have to be good enough.

Until next week.


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